What is a Central Site?

  A central site has no parent site. Typically, a central site has child and grandchild sites and aggregates all of their client information to provide centralized management and reporting. A site with no parent and no child site is still called a central site although it is also referred to as a stand-alone site. A central site can manage all SMS sites which exist beneath it in the SMS hierarchy.
All database information is collected at the SMS database of the central site. Information is passed from the child site to the parent site.
The central site can pass information down the SMS site hierarchy, to each of its child sites. It is recommended that you install a server locator point and a reporting point site system at the central site because site database information propagates from child sites to the central site. In large organizations, central sites typically do not manage SMS clients.

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